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Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by Weedguru Higher » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:10 pm

Aussie Mutant Strain
By Dana Larsen

Last year while in Australia I was introduced to a strange strain of pot which we dubbed Australian Bastard Cannabis (ABC) . This unique variety does not exhibit many of cannabis' typical traits, so much so that even an experienced grower might not notice if he passed by this strain in the wild.

The ABC leaf structure is quite different than regular cannabis. There are no fan leaves, all leaves are quite small with an irregular distribution of stamens. The plant grows more like a shrub, without the typical candelabra shape of most cannabis.

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Immature ABC bud close-up

Mr Ayers, who introduced me to the ABC, told me that it was a very hardy strain, resisting frosts which had killed Flo and Skunk plants, even withstanding direct snowfall.

Unfortunately, the ABC does not provide a potent smoke, and although hash screened from the buds does give a decent buzz, it is higher in less pleasant cannabinoids than THC, like CBD and CBN.

I brought back a goodly supply of ABC seeds from my last trip, as well as ABC x Flo. We gave them away to subscribers and others, to encourage breeding and development of this strange strain. Ideally, a new strain could be developed which combined the camouflage look of the ABC with the potency of Flo.

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The strange leaf pattern of ABC

Since then I have received a great deal of feedback from growers who have worked with these seeds. A few readers have posted excellent photos of their young ABC plants on our website, which we've reproduced here for your enlightenment.

Early on we received a letter from an Aussie named Ketra Hybud, who said he had seen the strange strain before. "In the Eastern fall country of Northern NSW it is known as Mutant," explains Hybud. "Stories and rumours have it as a colchicine polyploid experiment gone wrong. Another bloke told me it was from a pot branch grafted onto a hop bush and seeded naturally. Who knows?"

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Does this look like pot to you?

Well, it's not possible for it to be a pot/hop graft, for although those two plants can be grafted together, that doesn't alter the genetic structure and wouldn't produce mutant seeds. But colchicine does produce strange polyploid mutagenic effects, and so could possibly explain the plant's odd leaf structure and characteristics.

Ketra went onto to say "Goddamn it is a hardy strain! I have seen headed plants with sleet snow on them and they didn't flinch! No death or ice burn. But when you cross a Mutant with a normal plant 99% of the time you will lose the unique leaf pattern."

Of the many ABC x Flo crosses which we distributed, I know of only one which retained the ABC look. While in Nimbin, I met a breeder who had been experimenting with the ABC x Flo seeds. She had grown out a selection of the crosses, and had found that all of them had turned out looking like Flo, except one. I encouraged her to use this plant to do further breeding with, and to determine if it smoked better than the straight ABC.

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A collection of ABC leaves

This breeder also told me that she found the other ABC x Flo plants, which had the Flo appearance and potency, nevertheless seemed hardier that the straight Flo, indicating that some of the ABC toughness had been passed on to the cross.

Another fellow emailed me to suggest that the ABC may be a "land race" strain, which he dubbed Cannabis Australis. He discussed the possibility of it being an inbred stabilized polyploid strain, quoting Canadian cannabis researcher Ernest Small, who wrote in 1975 that "...if a polyploid race became widely established geographically, there might be a basis for giving it taxonomic recognition."

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ABC at 60 days

He also speculated about the legal ramifications of this "new plant" possibly not being covered under current anti-pot laws. Unfortunately, courtroom strategies involving differences between Sativa and Indica strains have always proven fruitless.

Since almost all of the ABC x Flo crosses have looked like Flo, I'd expect that crossing the ABC x Flo with ABC would be the place to start in looking for plants which combined the ABC leaf structure with the Flo pot quality. Crossing the ABC x Flo among themselves could also be productive, as it is in the second generation (the f2) that recessive traits like the odd leaf structure will often reappear.

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ABC at 60 days

Please keep us informed about your experiments, and send your ABC pictures if you have any. Happy breeding!

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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by Weedguru Higher » Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:11 pm

Aussie Bastard Cannabis Redux
By Dana Larsen and Volcano

Breeding experiments with the ultimate camouflage strain

In 1999 Cannabis Culture reported on a strange new strain of marijuana (CC#19, Grow Down Under), which had a very different appearance and growth pattern than normal pot. We were introduced to this strain by Mr Ayers, who had come across it as an outdoor grower in Australia. He reported that although it lacked in potency, the strain was incredibly hardy and frost-resistant, and unrecognizable as cannabis without close examination (CC#27, Aussie mutant update).
The structure is quite different than regular cannabis. There are no fan leaves, all leaves are quite small with an irregular distribution of stamens. The plant grows more like a shrub, without the typical candelabra shape of most cannabis.

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We dubbed this new variety Australian Bastard Cannabis (ABC), and we gave away many seeds to interested breeders, as well as giving away a large batch of ABC x Flo. We hoped that inspired breeders would find a way to combine the potency of the Flo with the camouflage and hardiness of the ABC.

We received feedback from readers who claimed to have encountered this strain before. One Australian grower told us that the ABC was known as Mutant, and that some thought it might be a "colchicine polyploid experiment gone wrong."

Colchicine is a mutagen which is used to produce strange polyploid effects, and so could possibly explain the plant?s odd leaf structure and characteristics.

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Of the many ABC x Flo crosses which we distributed, the vast majority lost the ABC look. Some breeders reported that the ABC x Flo had the Flo appearance and potency, but nevertheless seemed hardier than the straight Flo, indicating that some of the ABC toughness had been passed on to the cross.
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One local horticulturalist named "Volcano" grew out some of our last batch of ABC x Flo seeds. He germinated the seeds in a greenhouse in BC during March. "I germinated at 70?F (21?C) between two plates on moistened paper towels. I placed the plates on top of a florescent fixture to provide bottom heat, and checked every day to ensure the paper towels stayed moist and to supply fresh air to seedlings. The seeds had all germinated in seven to ten days.

"Once the root hairs showed, I planted them using Sunshine Mix #4. I started all the seedlings in 4 inch pots, and the first leaves showed up in about 10 days."

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Volcano said the first set of leaves looked identical to regular cannabis, and it wasn?t until the first true leaves appeared that differences became evident. "Those leaves came out completely unlike the serrated leaf," said Volcano. "In fact, there are no serrated edges on these leaves. They are darker green, shiny and succulent looking - they usually got no larger than two inches."

Volcano reported that the plants grew quickly, requiring re-potting as they increased in size. "A cannabis-like smell was evident when leaves were rubbed," he added. "On April 1, I put the pants into a 4' x 8' cold frame outdoors. I watered with collected rain water and used organic compost teas used as fertilizer.

"The males flowered early, some before the end of July," reported Volcano. "The females were compact with short internodes. They were heavily branched with many leaves. The buds formed differently on each plant, but they were all very resinous with cannabis-like buds. But nevertheless, the mature plant does not look like cannabis."

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The plants reach an average height of about three feet. "With fuller exposure to sunlight, they would have gotten much bigger," added Volcano.

The plants were harvested in November, trimmed and hung to dry. "I got an approximate yield of three dry ounces per plant," said Volcano, "and I was also able to harvest seeds for next year!"

Volcano shared his ABC x Flo harvest with the gang at CC. The buds smoked clean, with a light, spicy flavor. The high was Sativa-like, soaring and euphoric, stronger than we had expected. This is definitely a strain worthy of further experimentation and breeding. With further effort, ABC could become the ultimate camouflage strain of the new millennium!

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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by Bubbles » Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:24 pm

i find this extremely interesting, i hope this plant makes its way into north america.
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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by Weedguru Higher » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:53 am

This is the first time I have ever heard of this....it is definately cool indeed
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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by Blunt Docta » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:16 pm

the leaves are pretty amazing lookin
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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by (weedguru)scarf » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:05 am

this was very interesting... i have never heard nor seen this strain...
i wonder if it makes its away around wider circles?
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Re: Aussie Mutant Strain

Post by squeaky » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:31 pm

hey, how is the evolution of this strange strain going? Sorry to bumb the thread, I just though this was really really interesting

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